PERC is proud to be the organizing body for the Pennsylvania
Food Recovery Challenge. Working together, PERC schools can challenge each other to cut down on food waste and see benefits that range from reducing hunger to reducing campus GHG emissions.
PERC receives national award from EPA as 2014 Endorser of the Year
On Thursday of Earth Week, representatives from the EPA, Sodexo and PERC gathered at Franklin & Marshall College to recognize PERC's PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge. Sean Garvin, Regional Administrator for the EPA's District III, presented Josh Hooper, PERC's Executive Director with the award. Full story with video here.
PERC's Student Sustainability Symposium at Bucknell generates enthusiasm
Approximately one hundred students from across Pennsylvania met at Bucknell University on March 27th to share their research and network with each other at PERC's second Student Sustainability Symposium. The students voiced enthusiasm for the chance to connect with others on on campuses with the same interest. Here's a five minute video with quick clips from throughout the day.
Pictures from the event are already on the student-run PERColator on Facebook. Coming soon:more specifics about the Symposium.
PERC sponsors an event at COP-20
At the COP-20 climate change negotiations in December, PERC sponsored a side event on how countries are incorporating ethics and justice in formulating climate commitments. For more, click here.
Teaching About Climate Change conference a success!
If you couldn't make it to PERC's Teaching About Climate Change event at Susquehanna University, you missed a lot of great ideas. For a sampling of some of those ideas, go to the Teaching About Climate Change RECAP pages. You'll find the day's agenda and many of the presentations used that day as well as pages with both keynote addresses and a highlights video. And a page with photos from throughout the day. Check it out!
Highlights from PERC's Fall Conference
Our keynote speaker Michael Mann was an undeniable hit during PERC's fall conference, "Engaging Sustainability", November 12th in Penn State. Michael's address, "The Hockeystick and the Climate Wars" can be seen on the event's recap page. The Daily Collegian covered the his appearance at our conference. A reporter from Discover Magazine attended as well. Find out more about the conference here.
Campus Sustainability Champions
PERC is happy to announce its 2014 Campus Sustainability Champions (CSCs). CSCs are nominated by each campus in two categories: Student and non-Student. Review our 2014 CSCs here. And congratulations to all our CSCs on the important work you are doing!
Fall Conference Poster Session Projects
Click to download an in-depth look at the submitted projects for the poster session for our "Engaging Sustainability" fall conference at Penn State. You'll find a wide array of topics and authors, from undergraduate to graduate to faculty to staff and many combinations thereof. Check it out!
Cool Schools announced
Each year the Sierra Club ranks higher education institutions across the country to find America’s greenest colleges. PERC Member Institution Dickinson College, Carlisle, was ranked third in the country on the Sierra Club’s 2014 Cool Schools list. Notable PERC Member Schools on the list: Chatham University, Allegheny College, Villanova University, and West Chester University. Other PERC institutions in the rankings include University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, Drexel, Slippery Rock, Temple and Lehigh. Congratulations to all!
Lycoming becomes latest Challenge participant
Lycoming College has joined PERC's PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge. Lycoming students learned about the Food Recovery Network at PERC's fall conference last year, formed a student chapter of FRN and officially joined the PHE-FRC this semester. Welcome! If your campus is doing (or considering doing) Food Recovery work (composting, food donation, source reduction), join the PHE-FRC to share your results and to learn from other campuses and a network of experts.
PERC's student-run Facebook group exists to connect students from Pennsylvania's colleges and universities who are interested in working on sustainability. Search for "PERColator" on Facebook and join the group.
Founded in 2000, PERC serves to connect people working on sustainability projects in Pennsylvania's colleges and universities; allowing them to share knowledge and take action towards a sustainable future. We believe institutions of higher education are in a unique position to play a leadership role in bringing about that future. With over seventy member and affiliated institutions, PERC has a long list of organizational accomplishments, including the initial development of wind power in Pennsylvania. PERC is widely recognized as one of the leading regional sustainability in higher education organizations in the country. For a look at a portion of this year's planned events and activities, see the PERC events section of the site. For more on PERC, see the about us pages.
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Julia Knight, HACC's Director of Sustainability, presenting at PERC's Making Progress Conference at Susquehanna University.
Paul Morgan, West Chester University, talks about community engagement at the Leveraging Strengths Conference at Franklin & Marshall College.
Second Nature founder Tony Cortese giving the keynote address at PERC annual meeting at Penn State University.
Conference attendees taking part in the Sustainability Cafe.